Long Term / Short Term Missions
A team of eight people from various Los Angeles area churches visited Pastor Joseph Mutunga in Makueni, Kenya from Saturday, July 24, 2010 through Saturday, July 31, 2010. The team was led by Pastor Calvin Sills. Pastor Sills is the Pastor of Missions at Greater Height Mission Bible Church in Los Angeles, CA. Pastor Sills met Pastor Mutunga and his family while they were in the US to obtain their advanced degrees at Fuller Theological Seminary. As a result of that meeting, a life-long partnership began. Pastor Sills has led several teams to Makueni and has been an avid supporter of the Machao Orphanage Foundation. The purpose of each visit is to ensure that the support is being used wisely; to see the progress of Machao; to spend time with the children; to encourage the Mutunga family as they continue to oversee Machao; and to bring back the needs of Machao to share with others.

The Machao Orphanage Foundation would like to thank the 2010 summer missions team for making a difference in the children’s lives. The 8 team members were: Pastor Calvin Sills, Patrice Dupass, April Pendleton, Bessie Jackson, Geraldine Clemons, Darcus Allen, James Anderson and John Medley.

My name is Patrice Dupass, and I had previously visited Machao six years ago. I was so excited to see how Machao had grown since my last visit. All I can say is WOW!!! PRAISE GOD!!! Six years ago there was only one building on the property, and no bathroom or shower facilities (i.e., structure). Now there are two dormitories for the children; one for the boys and one for the girls. This structure also contains the Matron’s quarters, a room for dining and homework, as well as an indoor kitchen. I was SOOO impressed. The original building is still there and now houses the director of Machao (this building used to house the matron, a kitchen, Patrice Dupassand thirteen children in 3 rooms). There are also four toilets and five showers. One toilet even has been built like a “toilet” for those of us who are unable to stand. Currently there are twenty-two children who live there daily. The three other Machao children are away in secondary school, and only come home for break.
When we arrived at Machao on Sunday afternoon, we were greeted by the children. They sang for us. What beautiful voices. They sang a song that touched all of our hearts. By the time they finished, the entire team was in tears. One verse of the song says,

“Sometimes I feel so hopeless
I find no joy within me,
Then I turn to Jesus,
He is my closest friend”

The new WashroomsThe new dormitory
Top left:
Patrice Dupass

Immediate left:
Children singing

Immediate right:
Children singing